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Since the beginning of 2019 at the Russian gas stations started to increase the price of gasoline in connection with the increase of the value added tax (VAT) and excise duties on fuel. The cost of fuel increases as the gas stations of major networks and on independent stations, writes “Kommersant” with reference to market participants.
Fuel is expensive at gas stations in the Western part of Russia and Urals. The average growth was 65 to 80 cents per liter of fuel. In Saint-Petersburg and Leningrad region, the cost of fuel increased on average by 50-70 cents per liter, also prices are rising in Tatarstan, Voronezh, Sverdlovsk, Samara, Saratov, Penza, Volgograd areas.
The main driver of rising prices — increase from 1 January 2019 the VAT from 18 percent to 20 percent. Another factor is the increase in fuel excise taxes. From 2019, the excise tax per ton of gasoline and diesel fuel increased by 1.5 times — up to 12,3 thousand and 8.5 thousand rubles, respectively.
According to the November agreement, the oil companies do to raise gasoline prices in the range of 1.7 percent. “In December, all warned that prices will rise, no surprise there. We do your prices are not raised — and already was higher than the other. Closer to the middle of January, decide, look, that the exchange will occur”, — said the publication the owner of the filling station network of “Kalina oil” Vladimir Borisov.
Sources of “Kommersant” claim that basically now more expensive gasoline at the pump large networks, but soon they can stretch and independent players. The price increase was expected at the end of last year, government measures contributed to the rise in prices, however, analysts do not expect a strong jump of the prices in connection with the agreement between the oil companies and the government.
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